Instant Pot Fish Tacos with Avocado and Lime Cream Sauce—lime marinated tilapia is pressure cooked quickly and then rolled up in a soft tortilla with lime sour cream, pico de gallo, shredded cabbage and avocados. A healthy, fresh and easy dinner recipe.
Instant Pot Fish Tacos
Each week in 2020 I’m sharing a recipe inspired by one of the 50 states. So far I’ve covered…
- South Carolina
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
Today’s recipe is inspired by the Golden State, California. California is the most populous state and is the 3rd largest in area. One out of every eight United States residents lives in California! It’s called the golden state because California’s development and remarkable prosperity began with the discovery of gold and the California Gold Rush that began in 1848. If California’s economic size were measured by itself to other countries, it would rank the 7th largest economy in the world!
When I think of California I think of beaches, sunsets, Redwoods trees, many sports teams, warm weather, traffic, Hollywood, Alcatraz, Ronald Reagan, earthquakes and much more! There really is just so much in the vast state of California.
Fish tacos served with avocados (California’s official state fruit) are very popular in southern California. They are inspired by the tasty fish tacos found in the seaside taquerias in Mexico.
Many fish tacos use fried fish or grilled fish but to make this 365 Days friendly I, of course, cooked the fish in my Instant Pot. It’s crazy because the fresh fish only needed a 2 minute pressure cooking time. So fast and so tasty!
I used an inexpensive and easy to find tilapia for my Instant Pot fish tacos. I also believe this would be tasty with cod, halibut or haddock. I used fresh fish without skin. This would also work fine with frozen fish (use a 4 minute pressure cook time instead of 2).
The best part of this meal is all the wonderful toppings that are added to the tacos. ESSENTIALS are sliced avocados and a lime-y cream sauce (I put my recipe in the recipe card below). NICE TO HAVE are cabbage, extra lime, cilantro and pico de gallo. Use your favorite type of tortilla. I loved the mini fajita size white corn tortillas. I warmed them on a griddle first which made them even tastier. My mouth is now salivating as I type this.
More Instant Pot Seafood Recipes…
For the fish:
- 1 ½ pounds tilapia fillets (this was 4 large fillets)
- ½ cup lime juice
- 1 tsp lime zest
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
For the sauce:
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp lime zest
- ¼ tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- Pico de gallo
- Shredded cabbage
- Lime wedges
- Chopped cilantro
- Sliced avocados
- Corn or flour tortillas
- Place fish in a flat bottomed pan in one even layer. Pour lime juice, zest, chili powder, garlic powder and salt over the top of the fish. Let them sit and marinate for 10 minutes. Then turn over the fish with a fork and let them sit for another 10 minutes.
- Pour 1 cup of water in the bottom of your Instant Pot liner. Place trivet in bottom of the pot. Place fish in one layer if possible, if not spread it out as much as possible.
- Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 2 minute (for fresh fish) or 4 minutes (for frozen fillets). When time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid. Fish should be at least 145°F in the middle.
- Place fish in a bowl and break it up with two forks. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Make the sauce by whisking the sour cream, mayo, lime juice, zest, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne and kosher salt together.
- Serve the fish wrapped in a warmed or grilled tortilla with sauce, cabbage, pico, a squeeze of lime, cilantro and plenty of avocado.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
- Category: Seafood
- Method: Instant Pot
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